Though they non-tendered him Monday, the
"We're actually trying to re-sign Chris," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Wednesday.
They wouldn't expect him to be a huge contributor, though.
"His role, had he stayed on the roster, would have been as that extra player capacity," Hill said. "It would be a similar role if he were to re-sign with us. If not, be prepared to go to Triple-A and be ready to help the club when that need arises."
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed Scott Kazmir, the
Werner, formerly of the Padres, went 12-14 with a 5.78 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 27 appearances, including 26 starts, for Triple-A Sacramento last year.
After packaging Ian Krol in the deal that landed them Doug Fister, the
The Nationals have been pursuing a lefty for several weeks now, also expressing interest in J.P. Howell and Oliver Perez.
Cano's representatives met with the Mariners Tuesday. The 31-year-old is seeking a nine-year deal worth about $260 million, but the Yankees are holding firm at about seven years and $170 million.
At the press conference announcing his two-year, $20 million deal Wednesday, closer
"From the moment [I] became a free agent, this was the No. 1 club we had our eyes set on," Nathan said. "Why would I come here? The question is, 'Why wouldn't I?' This team is ready to win, they’re ready to win now. [And] not just win — it's not just about getting to the postseason. For me, it's about getting to the World Series."
Though he just turned 39 in November, Nathan is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He recorded 43 saves with a 1.39 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings for the Rangers last season.
"I feel as strong as I ever have," Nathan said.
"I told him to come to camp as a starter and then we'll see," said general manager Doug Melvin. "He has pitched some good games in relief with a lights-out breaking ball. We'll take a look at him and see where he fits best."
Smith has a 5.48 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 career starts. The Brewers already have Tyler Thornburg, Jimmy Nelson, Johnny Hellweg and Hiram Burgos to compete for their final rotation spot.
As has been speculated for much of the offseason, the
Braun has said he's amenable to the move. He has played only left field and third base so far in the majors.
General manager Doug Melvin said earlier this offseason that he would like to find a way to get Davis' bat in the lineup. The 25-year-old was a revelation after Ryan Braun was suspended last July, batting .294 with nine home runs and a .981 OPS over his final 109 at-bats.
Braun is expected to shift to right field in 2014 to accommodate Davis in left.
Yahoo! Sports reports that relief pitcher
Mujica saved 37 games for the
The Brewers acquired left-hander